From Bikini Blonde to ‘Wonuts’



Part waffle, part donut, the ‘wonut’ at TR Fire Grill will satisfy any sweet cravings.

Courtesy TR Fire Grill

The Waikīkī dining scene hasn’t experienced this amount of growth in years. With the opening of the International Market Place and Yokocha Gourmet Alley, along with two new restaurant concepts, choices abound for the food-obsessed crowd.

Sip on a beer while enjoying a sandwich. (Courtesy Maui Brewing Co.)

Maui Brewing Co. has finally reached the shores of O‘ahu. Sprawling across 18,000 square feet, the restaurant has the vibe of a casual craft brewery in the middle of  Waikīkī. “At Maui Brewing Co., we see ourselves as curators of the craft beer lifestyle and movement in Hawai‘i, as well as stewards of the community,” said Maui Brewing Co.’s CEO of restaurants Chis Thibaut in a prepared statement. “We have a great passion for local food and local beer and are proud to open our first O‘ahu location in partnership with Outrigger, a locally based company whose values closely mirror our own.” Enjoy a Bikini Blonde Lager or Big Swell IPA while noshing on traditional pub fare prepared by executive chef Terrry Lynch and his culinary team. Finger foods, such as craft pizzas, MBC nachos, tater tots and chicken wings, are perfect for sharing. And so, too, are the ‘Pub Quick Pickles,’ house-cut fries, fried goat cheese and ahi poke tacos. Largers plates include loco moco, fish and chips and grilled paniolo-style ribeye steak. Burgers, salads and ‘Bowls’ round off the menu.

2300 Kalākaua Ave., 808.843.BREW, mauibrewingco.com/Waikiki

Salmon and Zoodles is a popular entree. (Courtesy TR Fire Grill)

Part waffle, part donut, the ‘wonut’ at TR Fire Grill is reason enough to visit this concept restaurant. “People just love them,” said executive chef Curt Conant. “It’s definitely a fun dessert.” With half dipped in chocolate, this dense circular pastry will satisfy any sweet cravings. A contemporary American bistro, TR Fire Grill offers bold flavors and large portions. The chicken-and-waffle entree, for example, comes stacked two high and is held together by a long skewer. It’s certainly enough to share between two people, especially when adding a ‘Snack’ of spicy ‘Zing Zing’ shrimp or prime rib egg rolls accompanied by a tangy horseradish aioli.  Also ample in size is the ‘Harvest’ salad, a healthy mix of Romaine, asparagus, avocado, batter-dipped brussel sprouts, trear-drop tomatoes, grilled pineapple bits, foccaccia crouton and Manchego cheese, all dressed with a pineapple-and-mango vinaigrette.  A best seller, the ‘salmon and zoodles’ is complemented with a Romesco sauce.

2330 Kuhio Ave., Hilton Garden Inn Waikīkī Beach, 808.921.2330, trfiregrill.com

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